Babies switched at birth verdict: hospital to pay 3.3M

In Law on January 30, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

(c) Getty Images

(c) Getty Images

Two couples from the town of Trebic, Czech Republic brought home and raised a baby that was not theirs [The Czech Daily Word had the story way over a year ago]. The couples switched the babies back. They underwent therapies. They gave their “real” girls second names they originally had thought they wanted for them.

They sued the hospital and the court had the verdict Friday. The hospital was ordered to pay CZK 3.3 million, i.e. $165,000, even though the couples had wanted 12 million.

Both the defendant and the plaintiffs brought up the issue of emotional harm and how to measure it, or how to convert it into money, to be exact. One of the couples is experiencing huge problems and they are practically inches away from a divorce.

The hospital had initially offered only half a million. This is one of the reasons any of the parties still might appeal the verdict. However, the presiding judge recommended them not to.

This entire scandal started when pub-and-beer buddies of one of the fathers had made fun of him that his baby girl looked nothing like him and that he was not the father. And so he went and took a secret DNA test…

3 Responses to “Babies switched at birth verdict: hospital to pay 3.3M”

  1. When I was four years old or so there was a meeting between the woman who raised me, my natural mother, the other child who was accidentally switched in the hospital, and me. The mothers’ consensus was to keep the child they had been raising. I was not aware of any of this until I turned fifty years old and discovered I was not biologically related to the people whom I had always assumed were my family in the traditional sense. I sympathize with the plight of these two families and hope the best for all involved. My memoir is about to be published in some form. For those interested I can be contacted at

  2. […] be faked and changed easily. There are many cases, by error or malfeasance, that babies have been switched at birth […]

  3. […] A true case of a babies mixup in Czech […]

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